Britain has agreed to the monitor Uganda’s 2021 general elections, Chimp Corps report.
Last month, the European Union Ambassador to Uganda, Attilio Pacifici said the Union would not be observing the polls because it had not been requested to do so by the Government.
In response, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem said all foreign Missions had been formally asked to send election observers.
The EU later said it would provide support to local observers such as Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) to do the job.
However, Britain which is still part of the EU until December 31, 2020 when it will officially divorce the world’s biggest economic bloc, said it would observe the election.
In a letter dated December 8, 2020, the First Secretary of the British High Commission in Uganda Simon Tucker asked the Electoral Commission chairman Justice Simon Byabakama to accredit 46 staff to monitor the polls.
“In reference to the Note Verbale PRO/380/01 sent by Ministry of Foreign Affairs to foreign Missions regarding election observation, this is to notify you that 46 British High Commission staff will be taking part in the election observation and monitoring exercise during the upcoming general elections on 14th January 2022,” reads the letter in part.
“The purpose of this letter is to request your assistance in issuing them with accreditation to enable them to participate in the exercise,” it added.
Uganda’s influence and relative stability in the region makes it a priority country for UK objectives.
UK remains a key ally of Uganda, providing considerable support to boost health and education services in the East African country.
Since 2017, the UK has invested over £90.5 million in strengthening Uganda’s health system and building the country’s capacity to deliver key public health needs to deal with outbreaks.
This includes £7.5 million in the last two years to support Uganda’s preparedness and response to Ebola Viral Disease.
United States and East African Community (EAC) are expected to send observers to observe the elections.